Francis and Mark were talking about loving the people you are discipling. About how you invite people into your life and love them first and foremost. You begin investing your time into them. I liked that Francis mentioned that he has it written down to remind and ask himself if he loves these people? I think we all struggle with that. We DO need to pray and ask God to help us be more loving. You can go through all these lessons and teachings and reading the bible but at the heart of it all is LOVE. If we have no love for people then how can we show others how to love or better yet how much Jesus loves us!
Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly. 1Peter 5:2
Not under compulsion……willingly……hmmmm
Are you praying about the people God has placed in your life that you could be sharing Him with? Are you praying about other people you could be sharing this study with? Did you watch the second conversation with the authors talking about the discipleship process? And how they are just everyday people that are learning and teaching and growing in Christ? ….I’m praying for all of you too : )
I like how the authors stress the fact that discipleship never stops. It’s not something you can just cross off your list and say “ok done with that, what’s next?”. I think if we looked at it that way it may change our perspective a bit. There is no magical ending to the story. Read on……..
I guess I should clarify:
Part 1 chapter 2 : )
Finished reading the first chapter ! Did you watch the video chat that goes along with the chapter this week?? Remember every chapter has a short video conversation that pertains to the weekly lesson. Take the time to watch it, it’s worth the 6 or so minutes : )
As I was reading this part I realized how often we overlook this in our lives. He died on a cross, He paid the price for our lives! He “bought” us if you will. We belong to Him and He is our Lord and Master! I find this intriguing….,often times we want to be our own masters? We answer to ourselves instead of answering to Him. Very interesting…… And that part about repenting…..to turn from or to change directions. I think about how often we don’t seek enough change in our lives. You can’t start following after Him and NOT be changed and made new…..they go hand in hand. And if were not repenting and turning in our lives, how the heck are we going to show others this great news ??? We need people to be so intrigued by this change in our lives that it’s contagious! Radical! They need to be Astonished! : )
It’s impossible to be a disciple or a FOLLOWER of someone and not end up like that person! Luke 6:40 says a disciple is not above his teacher but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. I just read…..that’s the whole point of being a disciple of Jesus: we imitate Him, carry on His ministry, and become like Him in the process.
Why does that seem so easy yet so difficult at the same time?